EU & UK NURSES NEEDED
FOR THE USA & CANADA
You will need to obtain a Registered Nurse Immigrant Visa (“Green Card”) or H-1B visa.
- U.S. law requires nurses to complete a screening program before they can receive an occupational visa.
- CGFNS is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to validate the credentials of nine foreign healthcare professions for occupational visas, including registered nurses.
- Completing CGFNS’ VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment Service will satisfy the screening program requirement.
- You will need a “U.S.-based employer” that will serve as the petitioner for your visa. Your VisaScreen® certificate must be included on every visa or green card petition filed on your behalf. (This will be handled by us)
- Read more about VisaScreen.
In order to seek work as a foreign-educated nurse, you must demonstrate at least some of the following:
- You graduated from an accredited nursing education program in your country of education
- You are licensed as a Registered Nurse in another country
- You’ve practiced as a Registered Nurse for at least two years before.
- Some foreign educated nurses must demonstrate their proficiency with the English language by taking an exam such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). There are exemptions depending on your country of origin.
The process involves sending notary signed copies of your identification documents (passport, birth certificate) and having relevant people from your college, previous employment and nursing bodies you are registered with complete the forms provided by NNAS. The website does provide video tutorials on how to complete these forms, and you have one year from the date of registering with NNAS to return all documents.
The NNAS will provide an initial assessment of your credentials and match these to comparable Canadian standards. The NNAS have an online handbook you can use to learn more.
On top of the NNAS, each province in Canada requires you to sit an English exam, or French if you are hoping to work in Quebec, if you cannot provide proof of fluency in the English language. The NCLEX exam is the test used to determine your English language skills.
You may apply for a license in the province of your choice to be either:
- A Registered Nurse (RN)
- A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Or, a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)